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Lock & Key

Author: Adam Cadre
Year: 2002
Development System: Inform 6
Cruelty Rating: N/A
Length Of Play: About 5-10 minutes for each run through; took me a few hours to solve the puzzle.

My Rating: 7

Awards: Best Individual Puzzle; Best NPCs; Best Individual NPC — 2002 XYZZY Awards

I was a senior in college when this game was released and played it the moment it dropped. I took copious notes while playing and brought those notes to my classes, occasionally ignoring my professors to hammer out this puzzle. No regrets.

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Photopia

Author: Adam Cadre
Year: 1998
Development System: Inform
Cruelty Rating: Merciful (there is no way to die or get stuck)
Length Of Play: 1-2 Hours

My Rating: 9

Awards: 4th Annual IF Competition: 1st Place
1998 XYZZY Awards: Best Story, Best Writing

In 2019 I played Photopia for the second time, almost twenty years after my first playthrough. I worried that time or perspective would change my opinion, and while that did indeed happen, it remains a treasure I will still recommend to anyone who delves into the world of interactive fiction.

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